San Francisco Bay Area
PowerMyLearning launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in the fall of 2008, and has since partnered with a number of high-poverty public middle schools in the area to serve students, along with their teachers and families.
Starting in the 2012-13 school year, PowerMyLearning began to provide comprehensive blended learning services to Bay Area schools. In 2015-16, we are serving four schools in the Bay Area: three in San Jose and one in Morgan Hill.
If you are interested in learning more about our work in the Bay Area, please reach out to Calvin Selth at cselth@PowerMyLearning.org or call (213) 309-4194.
By providing key tools, training and support, our programs and services are designed to foster growth in teachers as instructional leaders, in parents as support partners, and in students as learners who can meet the challenge of high academic standards.
Learn more about our Programs & Services and how you can become a partner school.
Executive Director, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
Neil Spears is the Executive Director of PowerMyLearning’s Greater Los Angeles and Bay Area regions. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Neil was a teacher at El Sereno Middle School in east Los Angeles. While teaching, Neil was also the school-side liaison for PowerMyLearning’s partnership with El Sereno, playing a central role in the organization’s successful launch at our first partner school in Southern California. During his time in the classroom, Neil was struck by the vast opportunity gaps that impacted his students and as a result, Neil has dedicated his professional career to educational equity and justice. Neil was selected for the inaugural Schusterman Fellowship cohort, a highly customized leadership development program that prepares fellows to realize and exercise their full potential as individual leaders and as a collective force for creating change in their communities and the world. A Southern California native, Neil holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University. He also maintains a California multiple subjects teaching credential and is a Teach For America alumnus.
Director of Programs, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
Katie leads PowerMyLearning‘s programs and services in Los Angeles and the Bay Area to ensure a strong, positive, and sustainable impact in our partner communities. She manages program execution for families and educators in high-poverty schools and she plays a pivotal role in shaping the program vision nationally. In Katie’s previous role at PowerMyLearning, she worked closely with teachers and school leaders to implement innovative digital learning strategies in their classrooms to increase student engagement and achievement. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Katie served as the Los Angeles Manager of Instruction at Revolution Prep, where she managed, trained, and developed a group of 75 instructors and tutors. She also worked at XAP Corporation, interfacing with state departments of education to enhance digital learning opportunities for K-12 students. Katie discovered her passion for expanding educational opportunities as a Teach For America corps member at Markham Middle School in Los Angeles. She taught seventh and eighth grade math and served as the school’s math department chair. She has continued her involvement with Teach For America as a Math Learning Team Leader, running professional development sessions for corps members outside of school hours. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, marketing, and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Katie earned a California teaching credential in secondary math.
Director of Development, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
Calvin Selth is the Director of Development for PowerMyLearning’s Greater Los Angeles and Bay Area regions. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Calvin led events-based development efforts at Teach For America – Los Angeles, where he helped secure more than $1.8 million in sponsorships over two years and launched the region’s first-ever Associates Board. As a young student, Calvin had early access to technology and received an outstanding public school education – something many deserving children in our nation don’t receive. This inequity grounds his focus as a development professional: working to build strong partnerships between funders and non-profit organizations, and encouraging investments in the potential of students and families in under-served communities. Calvin started his professional career in the classroom, teaching grades K-1 and grades 6-8 at a bilingual school in Long Beach, CA. A Southern California native, Calvin graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish. He is also a ten-year trustee of the Telluride Association, a non-profit organization offering free educational programs in Ithaca, NY and Ann Arbor, MI.
Senior Manager of Partnerships
Jill manages PowerMyLearning’s partnership and expansion efforts in the Bay Area. Prior to PowerMyLearning, Jill served in a variety of development, program, and leadership roles at education nonprofits focused on domestic and international education, including Aim High, Room to Read, Reading Partners, The Future Project, and the International Youth Foundation. Jill began her career as a middle school teacher and has taught in public schools in Phoenix, AZ, rural Guyana, and Costa Rica. Through these experiences, she saw the importance and power of strong, positive relationships between students, families, and teachers. She is most proud that she can count more than 50 teachers in her extended family. She lives in Oakland and enjoys hiking the East Bay trails with her dog. Jill holds a B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University.
Blended Learning Specialist
As a Blended Learning Specialist, Kendra works with teachers and administrators to support the integration of technology to provide a personalized and engaging learning experience for all students. Before joining PowerMyLearning in 2016, Kendra was a Special Education Teacher, English Language Development teacher, and tutor (all at the same time!) and became known for bringing the classroom to life through technology. Kendra was also recognized as a product ambassador by ClassDojo, fundraised over $6,000 to bring technology into her various classrooms, and used her love of music to found the FDR Show Choir at FDR Middle School. Since moving from Georgia to California, Kendra has taught for the Redwood City School District and the Jefferson Elementary School District in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kendra earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Education from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.
- Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
- Cisco Systems
- Harry Singer Foundation
- Morrison & Foerster
- Peery Foundation
- SanDisk Corporation Fund
- Silicon Valley Community Foundation
- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- The Koret Foundation